As the history of the University serves to indicate the study of international affairs and, in particular, of international law, has been an integral part of the University’s research and teaching since its establishment. So, although relatively new, the department builds on a longstanding and excellent tradition. This tradition was first systematised in the pre-war period by the presence of the one of the greatest Greek experts in international law, Stelios Seferiadis.
From very early on, International Law was a core part of the curriculum in the then Panteion School. In 1963-64, a course on International Relations was introduced into the curriculum of the Political Sciences Department by the Professor of International Law, G. Tenekidis, later with the aid of university assistant G. Kranidiotis, who subsequently became Deputy Foreign Minister. Thus, the courses: “Public International Law”, “Diplomatic History”, “Special Issues of International Law” and “International Relations” paved the way for developments that led to the current curriculum.
This core of courses developed impressively following the restoration of democracy in 1974, when International Relations was chiefly expanded and established as a field of knowledge. The rapid expansion of the School’s research and teaching base in International Relations during the 1980s, was also related to wider socio-political developments within the country and to pressing policy needs emanating from a rapidly changing international system and the country’s position in it. Undoubtedly, the decade of the 1980’s marked a blossoming of International Relations on a national scale. Apart from G. Tenekidis, this transition was initially guided and served by Professors: Sp. Kalogeropoulos-Stratis, A.-B. Papakostas and later Professors: Ch. Rozakis - currently Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, Th. Christodoulides and D. Konstas.
Panteion University gained a predominant position in this rapidly expanding academic landscape. The Department of Political Science and International Studies, which had already been founded in 1983, created a complete and balanced curriculum of courses in International Studies, with legal and political directions that were then pioneering. Indeed, it is no coincidence that in the field of International Studies, Panteion has served as an example for other Greek universities that have acquired an equivalent department.
Today the department enjoys a vibrant academic culture that that is well-established and consciously sustained. The departmental curriculum has a strong interdisciplinary character that responds to the modern needs of the country’s participation in the European and international process from a legal and political viewpoint, without neglecting the economic aspect of International Relations and, of course, European Integration. It should also be noted that a strong characteristic of the curriculum is the systematic study of both theory and practical experience on a national and international level.